Five methods for installing
Synopsis: Stephen Winchester tries to balance style, function, and cost when figuring out how to support shelves in a cabinet. The five methods he uses most often,are blind-nailed dadoes, shelf standards, shelf pins, invisible wires, and sawtooth supports. Multiple drawings and photos illustrate each method, and Winchester tells you which method works best for which use.
I earn my living by making cabinetry—not cookie-cutter kitchens, but one-of-a-kind pieces and custom built-ins. Every cabinet I build has at least one shelf. And some—hutches and book cabinets, for example have many. As both designer and fabricator in most cases, I try to balance style, function and cost when figuring out how to support shelves in a cabinet.
Over the years, I have come to favor several techniques that achieve that happy balance between elegance and efficiency. My methods aren’t as crude as using stamped-steel brackets but neither are they…